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March 28th, 2017

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NIV)

Teilhard de Chardin said of the Christian life, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.” He correctly described our true condition in Christ.

It is a common but incorrect view of the Christian life that we are placed in slippery positions, attempting tenaciously to hold on to our salvation, all the while knowing our unworthiness, fearing that we might lose our grip at any time. This is the idea that we are really mere earthlings but we hope for something better, something eternal and spiritual.

This idea creates many doubts, increases our insecurity, diminishes our assurance, and contributes to inconsistency and unsteadiness in our Christian walk. We do not please God when we live like this because we are not living in faith that is based on His promises. We are not believing that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Heb. 11:6). We often despair and succumb to temptation feeling that all we will really ever truly have is of this earth, so we indulge our senses and ambitions.

The other idea is biblical. We are not merely on a journey to heaven, rather we are already its citizens (Phil. 3:20), and our life is now “hidden with Christ in God.” We have already “crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). We are the children of God (John 1:12), born again into His image (Eph. 4:24). We are not dying on this earth in order to enter into a kingdom that is foreign and strange, rather we are entering our home, where already a place is prepared for us (John 14:1-4).

When this is our constant thought, when we understand our spiritual condition from the perspective of eternity, we act in accordance with its values and ethics. We love the Lord because He has first loved us. We live each day in the anticipation of eternity.”Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16 NIV).

The you of eternity already exists. When you trusted Christ as your Savior, you became a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10 NIV). Live in this reality – it is new and eternal, fresh every day – and you will live in hope, in victory, and in peace.

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